The best time for Everest Base Camp Trek in April/May and Oct/Nov. These are the excellent months to do Everest Base Camp Trek. In these months the trails are crowded. due to Crowded trails, you will obviously feel some sophisticated. It may not be as attractive as you think if you want to see wildflowers, wildlife or festivals. So in a lot of ways, the best period depends a lot on your preference.
In the previous post, we have discussed the Everest Base Camp Trekking. In this post, we are trying to give you information about the best time for the Everest Base Camp trek on different preferences.
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Months with the Best Weather for Everest Base Camp Trek
The top three months are November, October, and April. This list, of course, assumes that good weather means low precipitation, moderate temperature, and high visibility.
Weather in the Everest Region is best divided into six seasons. The winter months of January/February are characterized by cold temperatures, sporadic snowfall, generally clear skies, and short days. March/April is spring in the Everest Region, and the weather is characterized by moderate temperature, windy conditions, sporadic showers with thunder and hailstones, and generally clear-ish skies.
May/June are the summer months that are hot and sunny in the mornings and overcast/rainy in the afternoons. The increase in temperature is held in check by the rainy season from July/August, which sees torrential rains, high humidity, and warm temperature.
Autumn (September/October), the rains are in retreat, the temperature is moderate, and the skies are opening up. Lastly, we have the pre-winter, which is characterized by low temperatures, minimum precipitation, and stunningly clear skies.
Months with the Best Mountain Views in Everest Region
The top three months are January, November, December. If we had to list four, October would be there too. This list assumes that we are looking for clear skies with minimum cloud and haze. However, please note that the clouds during April/May and September afternoons make the mountains look much more dynamic. Almost alive even!
Other than June, July, and August, you are guaranteed beautiful morning mountain views throughout the year.
Months with the least Lukla Flight Disruptions
The most reliable months when it comes to Lukla flights are January, November, December. Precipitation is at an all-time low. Visibility is at an all-time high. And the traffic congestion both at Lukla and Tribhuvan International Airport is not that bad. But the best part is that flights take off from Kathmandu during this period more likely.
The Best Months for Sherpa Festivals
Here are the months for some colorful Sherpa festivals:
|Mani Rimdu @Tengboche / Chiwong Monastery||Oct / Nov|
|Mani Rimdu @ Thame Monastery||May / June|
|Dumji at Namche Bazaar||June / July|
The Best Period for Wild Flowers
Since flowers follow the rains, the best months for flowers are August, July, and May.
July and August are fantastic for alpine flowers, while April and May are amazing for the different rhododendrons and other flowers below 4,000 meters.
Some of the notable flowers of the Everest Region are the yellow Curved-fruit Rhododendron, Himalayan Edelweiss, Sikkim Primula, and Spiny Mountain Poppy.
The Best time to see large wildlife
The best months to see large wildlife like the Himalayan Tahr, Musk Deer, and Snow Leopard are January, February and December.
This is because most of the animals come down to the valleys for winter, and the predators naturally follow. As for large mammals of the temperate forests like the Himalayan Black Beat, Goral and Red Panda, spring is a better time.
Best time to watch birds
To get the most out of birdwatching, we recommend the following months April, May, and December.
Everest National Park is one of the best places to see Tibetan Snowcock, Blood Pheasant, Himalayan Monal, and Grandala. However, with more dogs in the villages, the large pheasants have become a rarer sight.
The Best Months for Everest High Passes
The best months to do the high passes of Everest are October, November, December. These are the months that give you low precipitation and sunny days. While April is another close contestant, it has become increasingly unpredictable as both the pre-monsoon rains get stronger every year.
Some of the high passes in the Everest Region are:
- Tashi Lapcha (5,755 meters) – Between Tsho Rolpa Valley and Thame
- Renjo La (5,340 meters)- Between Thame and Gokyo Valley
- Cho La (5,330 meter)- Between Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp
- Kongma La (5,535 meters)- Between Everest Base Camp and Chukung
- Ambulapcha La (5,845 meters)- Between Chukung and Arun Valley
For all the passes, it is essential to be vigilant for weather fluctuations regardless of when you are trekking. It is also strongly advised against attempting these passes without an experienced guide.
How to reach for the trek
Your Last destination from where you can start your mount Everest base camp is Namche Bazaar. It is a small market in the Khumbu region but you can buy your trekking accessories here. You can stay at Namche as there are good accommodation facilities also.
But one thing you should keep in mind is, Khumbu region is not accessible by road transportation. Either you should fly to Lukla by plane and two days trek to Namche. Or go by Heli-service to Namche or Hike to Namche.
For detail read our Article Namche Bazaar